February 5

Twitter Highlights: Week 22

Please click on the above link to see highlights from this past week. We are working to create a positive learning environment that is equitable, inclusive and focused on the whole child. No need to have a twitter account to view!

Brooks News to Know

Parent-Teacher Conference on Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Families, you should have received an email communication from the Team Leader of your student's team outlining the details of our upcoming Parent-Teacher conferences on Thursday, February 8th. If you did not receive this communication, please contact the main office. They will be able to put you in touch with the appropriate team leader to answer any of your questions about the upcoming p/t conferences.

February 8th and February 9th Student half-day attendance

Students will be in attendance from 9am to 12pm on both days. Bus service is provided to and from school for those that usually ride the bus.

Second Step/ParenTeen Connect

Link to: https://www.parenteenconnect.org

Brooks students participate in weekly advisory lessons to build their social and emotional skills using a curriculum called Second Step. ParenTeen Connect is a resource for parents that works alongside the Second Step Program by giving middle schoolers and their parents the opportunity to hear from other teens and parents, get expert advice on tough issues, and access practical tools to help them connect and communicate better at home. Use this great resource to help guide conversations with your middle schooler about important topics like screen time, independence, responsibility and communication skills.

Author Visit

  • On February 15, 2018, author Liesl Shurtliff will be visiting Brooks. More information about the schedule VERY soon, but here’s the flyer to order discounted books through Magic Tree to be autographed by the author. Please share with kids and order for yourself!

More Library News!

3D Printer has come to Brooks Library!

Thanks to a partnership between Google Applied Digital Learning and Donor’s Choose, I was able to get a 3D printer and filament for our library that will be accessible to all teachers and their students. The materials have arrived, and we will be working on ways to integrate this 21st century technology into classes.

8th Grade Graduation Cap & Gown Ordering and Graduation Photos

Cap and Gown Orders

Don't forget! Cap and Gown orders are due Monday, February 5th. The preferred method of payment is RevTrak, but payment is also accepted in the main office.

8th Grade Graduation Photos will take place on Friday, February 9th. Please see the documents below for more information.

The class of 2018 will graduate on Thursday, May 31 at 7:30pm at Oak Park River Forest High School. This will be a regular school attendance day for our 8th graders. Additional information will be shared with parents in the upcoming months regarding this event.

If you have questions, please contact Ms. Klein, sklein@op97.org

8th Grade Family High School Transition Information

To keep up-to-date on the activities and opportunities for your soon to be high schooler, please visit OPRFHS webpage often! The high school also sends out communications periodically to incoming Freshman class families - so check your email and mail for communications from the high school.

Yearbook Orders

To order a yearbook, please use this link:


Recognizing Staff who Make a Difference

If you or your student would like to recognize any staff member (a teacher, a teacher assistant, social worker, librarian, front office staff, lunchroom staff, custodial staff or school administrator) please take a moment to complete this form.

Thank you to those who have completed this form to recognize a GBMS staff member. All individuals receive a printed certificate highlighting your appreciation for their contributions!

Please be sure your background check has been completed if you'd like to volunteer to chaperone Field Trips

Parents must make an appointment for background checks. You can go here to find the link to schedule a time for a background check to be completed.

Breakfast and Lunch Menus for February

Here is the link to the February Menus.

Sports and Club Information


Girls Volleyball:

Monday 2/5



Tuesday 2/6


Wednesday 2/7


AWAY game at MacARTHUR

Chess Champions

Saturday, February 3rd at the Greater Chicago K-12 Chess Championships at McCormick Place, the Brooks team of Jalen Fitzpatrick, Eli Greenfield, Will Hepburn and Henry Schacht won the chess title in the K-6 U800 level!

It's a grueling day. They arrived at 9 a.m. and each play 5 matches against other players from across the region. Jalen won his first four matches before falling to the eventual champion. Jalen won a 6th place trophy to lead his teammates.

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CLUB OPPORTUNITIES (can join anytime)

Each club meets weekly, unless otherwise notated below.


  • ORFF Ensemble from 8:00am to 8:50am in D104 (first meeting was on 9/18). Participation is open to all students - no audition required, but enrollment is limited to 40 students. Interested students can sign-up and pick up permission slips outside of the music room (D104). For additional information contact Mr. Carrillo - fcarrillo@op97.org. Still opportunity to join.
  • Ultimate Frisbee We will only meet on Mondays for the second trimester. Still 3:30-4:40 and meeting in the third floor gym. We plan on playing different types of frisbee activities in the third floor gym or the main gym when available. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Dajani at rdajani@op97.org or Mr. Gillespie at mgillespie@op97.org. (Weather Permitting)
  • Math Team from 3:30-4:30 in room B204 . The club will meet each week. Students of all interest levels are welcome. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Kahn at skahn@op97.org.
  • Spoken Word from 3:30pm to 5:30 pm in room B205. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Lee at mlee@op97.org


  • EcoEagles from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in room C302. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Stamp at lstamp@op97.org.
  • Chess Club from 3:30 to 4:45 in room B305. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Hausfeld at mhausfeld@op97.org.
  • Vex Robotics In-House League from 3:30 to 5 pm in room B302, 1/9/18 to 3/13/18 with Robot Rumble on 3/10/18. You can learn more by viewing flyer or OPEF VexRobotics website. or if you have any questions, please email Ms. Pena at tpena@op97.org
  • Rainbow Tribe after school until 4:30 in 2nd floor conference room next to PE classroom. Permission slip found here. Here are the dates club will meet: February: 6, 20, March: 6, 13, April: 10,24 and May: 8, 22, 29
    If you have any questions, please email Ms. Olsen at jolsen@op97.org



  • Art Club meeting from 3:30pm to 4:45pm in room D301. NO need to sign up, just show up and make art. Running now through Mid February. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Murray at kmurray@op97.org.
  • Spanish Club from 3:30 to 4:30pm in room B308. Here are all the Spanish club meeting dates for the year: 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, 3/22, 4/12, 4/26, 5/10, 5/24. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Lagioia at vlagioia@op97.org or Ms. Villalobos at cvillalobos@op97.org.
  • Yearbook Club meeting from 3:30 to 4:30pm in room B202. Here are the meeting dates for remainder of the year: 2/8 , 2/23, 3/8, 3/22 , 4/12 If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Marsha Turner-Reid at mturnerreid@op97.org or Ms. Meaghan Pabellon at mpabellon@op97.org



6th Grade Junie B. Jones Performances this weekend were a HUGE success! Thanks to all of the students and staff who dedicated their time, effort and energies on stage and off stage!

BRAVO Opportunities

  • Guitar Club & Dance Studio are ongoing - registration forms are due to the BRAVO Office (D103). Open to ALL Brooks Students and is FREE to join! For more info visit: bravoperformingarts.org
  • The ALL-SCHOOL Spring Musical, Sister Act Jr.! is open to ALL Brooks students and all students are encouraged to be a part of this exciting adventure! Auditions are Feb 5-6 with call backs on Feb 7-8. Sign up for an audition outside the BRAVO office or on the BRAVO website at Spring Musical Audition Sign Up
  • BRAVO presents the 2nd annual InSPirED Workshop (empowering students with special needs through the power of musical theater!) on February 10, 10am-4pm. Sign up in the BRAVO office or online, InSPirED Workshop Registration! InSPirED only happens once a year!
  • BRAVO Summer Auditions are coming up March 5-8. Learn more about the shows and sign-up for an audition through the BRAVO website!
  • NEEDED: Pizza lunch volunteers on Friday. Keep an eye out for sign-ups on the BRAVO website!days from 10:55am-1:15pm. E-mail bravo@op97.org if you are available and interested!

Get connected to PTO

PTO Information

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Next Community meeting is Monday, February 5th, 2018 at 7pm in the media center.